Jada Pinkett Smith 'Considered' Suicide 'Often': Actress Talks Mental Health in Wake of Kate Spade, Anthony Bourdain Deaths
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"Many may not understand, but I do ... I have the deepest gratitude that I pulled through," the actress says.

The recent suicides of Kate Spade and Anthony Bourdain brought up some old feelings for Jada Pinkett Smith this week.

Smith has been candid about her troubled past before, but on Monday she opened up about having felt "such despair" that she "considered the same demise" that took the lives of the late designer and celebrity chef.

"One thing I've learned in my life over the years is that mental health is something we should practice daily, not just when issues arise," Smith captioned a photo of Spade and Bourdain she shared on Instagram. "We should take care of our mind and spirit in the same way we do our body."

"With the suicides of Kate and Anthony, it brought up feelings of when I was in such despair and had considered the same demise...often," she added. "In the years I spent towards my healing, many moons ago, I realized the mind and heart can be extremely delicate without the foundation of a formidable spirit."

She continued, "What I eat, what I watch on TV, what music I listen to, how I care for my body, my spiritual practice, what people I surround myself with, the amount of stress I allow and so on...either contributes to or deteriorates my mental health. Mental health is a daily practice for me. It's a practice of deep self-love."

"May Kate and Anthony Rest In Peace. Many may not understand, but I do, and this morning, I have the deepest gratitude that I pulled through."

Kate Spade was found dead after committing suicide in her New York City apartment on Tuesday morning. Three days later, Anthony Bourdain was found dead in his hotel room in France, also after taking his own life.

If you are ever experiencing suicidal thoughts, call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255.

One thing I’ve learned in my life over the years is that mental health is something we should practice daily, not just when issues arise. We should take care of our mind and spirit in the same way we do our body. With the suicides of Kate and Anthony it brought up feelings of when I was in such despair and had considered the same demise...often. In the years I spent towards my healing, many moons ago, I realized the mind and heart can be extremely delicate without the foundation of a formidable spirit. What I eat, what I watch on TV, what music I listen to, how I care for my body, my spiritual practice, what people I surround myself with, the amount of stress I allow and so on... either contribute to or deteriorate my mental health. Mental health is a daily practice for me. It’s a practice of deep self-love. May Kate and Anthony Rest In Peace. Many may not understand... but I do, and this morning I have the deepest gratitude that I pulled through. . Love.

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